Not only is GoManitoba an excellent tool for finding ride matches to carpool and buddy-up on your commute, it also gives you the ability to track your trips and see the km traveled, gas saved (or burned), greenhouse gas emissions saved (or produced), calories burned, and how much money you’ve saved! The more often you use sustainable travel the more you’ll see your savings climb, calories burned and fuel saved!

Quick-link: click here to create an account or login!

NOVEMBER 2017 CONTEST ALERT: Track Your Travel! This month we are running a contest for participants that track their trips through GoManitoba. To be eligible for this contest, we are asking participants to track at least 10 days worth of trips in their Commute Calendar for the month of November. We will be drawing dozens of names from the names of anyone who succeeds at this challenge. Just track at least 10 commutes using GoManitoba and you will be automatically entered.

Prizes:

  • TWO Grand Prize Winners
    • Each winner receives a $25 Mountain Equipment Co-Op Gift Card and a copy of Stuck In The Middle 2: Defining Views of Manitoba by Bartley Kives and Bryan Scott (published by Great Plains Publications).
  • 20 other draw prizes
    • 10 Coffee gift cards
    • 10 Green Action Packs (Eco-Air Freshener, Green Living Guide, no flyer stickers & magnet)

Why Track Your Travel?

As you track your daily commutes, you’re able to keep track of important savings. By choosing sustainable transportation (public transit and walking), you will see the savings of greenhouse gas emissions, money, and calories burned. Your numbers may surprise you! Imagine if more people knew the impact of their travel choices… our individual choices really impact the big picture. Consider this:

  • 71% of Winnipeggers drive alone on their daily commute;
  • There are 5,379,024 tonnes of greenhouse gases emitted in Winnipeg annually;
  • The average person in Canada spends $5,250 per year on their car (versus ~$1,086 per year on a bus pass), which is the third-largest household monthly cost, after shelter and food; and
  • 85% of Canadian adults do not get the recommended minimum of 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity per week.

Accessing Your Commute Calendar after logging in:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sample Commute Calendar:

This person commutes to work primarily by bus and occasionally walks. To add a trip to your Trip Calendar, simply click on the icon that representations the mode of transportation you used (Travel Modes) and drag it over to the day of the month. You will then be prompted to fill in a trip log (times, starting and ending points, round trip or not, vehicle type, etc.).  You have the ability to save the types of trips you take on a regular basis under My Saved Trips, and then you can drag and drop them into your calendar the next time you track your commute without having to re-enter the route. This avoids having to input your commute details each day, making it very user friendly and requiring little time or effort. You can see this person has three types of under My Saved Trips: Bus, Bus & Walk, and Telecommute.

 

Commute Calendar Instructional Video:

 

Detailed Savings:

Transportation and Air Quality:

Being mindful of our carbon footprint is important as we work towards alleviating the impacts of climate change. It is also important when it comes to the quality of air that we breathe. Air quality is critical to our health. The Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) is a tool to help you plan and enjoy a healthy lifestyle. Much like the UV Index helps protect us from the harmful effects of too much sun, the AQHI alerts us to health risks posed by air pollution. The AQHI is measured on a scale ranging from 1-10+. The AQHI index values are also grouped into health risk categories as shown below. These categories help you to easily and quickly identify your level of risk.

Air Quality Health Index
  • 1-3 Low health risk
  • 4-6 Moderate health risk
  • 7-10 High health risk
  • 10 + Very high health risk

Green Action Centre recognizes the importance of regularly checking your local AQHI level. That’s why we’ve incorporated it into our homepage at GoManitoba.ca!

 

References:

Toronto Star: Canadians’ monthly car bill: $437.48

City of Winnipeg Community 2011 GHG Inventory and Forecast

Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada Position Statement: Physical Activity, Heart Disease, and Stroke

Statistics Canada, 2011 Census Data